Improved capacity of redox-active functional carbon cathodes by dimension reduction for hybrid supercapacitors

Tianyuan Liu, Byeongyong Lee, Michael J. Lee, Jinho Park, Zhongming Chen, Suguru Noda, Seung Woo Lee*

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Hybrid supercapacitors, which combine the advantages of supercapacitors and rechargeable batteries, have the potential to meet the demands of both high-energy and -power in electrochemical energy storage systems. However, the energy density of the hybrid supercapacitors has been limited because of the low capacity of the activated carbon cathode. Here we introduce a high-capacity carbon cathode containing plenty of oxygen functional groups that are redox-active towards both Li- and Na-ions. This functional carbon has an ultra-thin two-dimensional structure that has significant advantages in utilizing the redox reactions. The functional carbon cathode can exhibit very high capacities of ∼250 mA h g-1 in Li-cells and ∼210 mA h g-1 in Na-cells. A hybrid supercapacitor consisting of the two-dimensional functional carbon cathode with a commercial level loading density of ∼9.3 mg cm-2 and a Si-based anode delivers a high-energy density of ∼182 W h kg-1 at a high-power density of 1 kW kg-1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3367-3375
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)


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